Various sources reported earlier this morning that the Blue Jackets had claimed Tropp off waivers and then Darren Dreger confirmed the report.
Columbus claims C.Tropp off Waivers from Buffalo
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 28, 2013
Corey Tropp is one of those tough young players who knows his role on any team. His role with the Sabres was a 3rd or 4th line player
who played a physical game, much like a Patrick Kaleta. In pre-season Tropp sacrificed himself right before the John Scott and Phil Kessel scrum in order to stand up for Marcus Foligno. It was a scary scene as Tropp cracked his head on the ice and was left with a concussion after being knocked unconscious.
Tropp also missed the entire 2012-2013 season while battling with a knee injury. Tropp does get hurt often and it appears he will be a career minor leaguer. But Tropp is still a young player who has time to develop and the Buffalo Sabres intended to send him to Rochester to further develop his game, instead the Blue Jackets decided to swipe him away.
Corey Tropp played in 43 NHL games over 4 years with the Sabres and put up 9 points with 20 penalty minutes. He was a -8 in 9 games this season. Tropp played a blue collar style of hockey and was regarded as one of the hardest working guys on the Sabres.
He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2007 NHL Entry draft and the Blue Jackets had previously stated they were interested in drafting Tropp. Tropp will join a Blue Jackets team which ranks 25th in the NHL and is in need of a shake-up as they battle numerous injuries. He will wear 26 for the Blue Jackets as he looks to restart his career. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen says he likes Tropp’s grit and versatility.
So long Corey Tropp and Welcome again Matt D’Agostini!